Today's News

  • The road map of New Mexico in 1931

    Well, what do you know? I have a granddaughter who likes old things and family history. Yes, Jennifer flew in (she’s the helicopter pilot in this family) and joined our family for my 80th birthday party recently. The helicopter stayed in Albuquerque and she came to the ranch with her parents from Ruidoso.

  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 7

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy  Gisler

    Question: My son, a junior in high school, plans to go to college. This fall, the counselors held a meeting with all the juniors to give them general information about what they needed to do this year so they would be ready to apply to college next year. They handed out a worksheet covering what was said.

  • HU student joins international prescribed burn training

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Elyssa Durán of Highlands University was the only student and the youngest person to work the fire line when resource managers and firefighters from across the globe came to New Mexico for a prescribed burn training.

    Durán, 24, a natural resources management graduate student, spent two weeks in the Jemez Mountains in September as part of a Spanish language prescribed fire training exchange, or TREX. Trainees came from Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala and other countries.

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  • Que Pasa - Nov. 7, 2014


    • One-day Vipassana meditation sitting with Doug Booth from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. Sitting and walking meditation, instructions, dharma talk, group discussions. Topic: “Karma, Destiny, and Free Will.” Doug is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader teacher training program. No charge, but donations welcome. Call 454-8831 for registration and directions.

  • Fall Flight Festival under way

    Submitted to the Optic

    It’s fall again, and several refuge ponds currently have sufficient water to provide safe harbor for waterfowl; calls of Sandhill Cranes are heralding the annual migration of wintering birds.

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas, will be open each of the first four Sundays in November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4 1/2 mile self-guided auto drive. All events at the refuge are free.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 7, 2014

    Melanie Rivera and her staff at the San Miguel County Clerk’s Office did another great job on Tuesday’s general election. Voters throughout the county were able to get in and cast their ballots without significant waits, and no major problems were reported. It was the last election that Rivera will run because she’s leaving her county clerk post to become a magistrate judge. We hope the person who the Commission appoints to replace Rivera will carry on Rivera’s tradition of being responsive to constituents.

  • Another Perspective: Time to check your health coverage for 2015

    By Bob Moos

    Now’s the time to check your health care coverage for 2015 or sign up for the first time.

    More than 7 million Americans, including 32,062 New Mexico residents, got coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the program’s first open enrollment period a year ago.

    This year’s marketplace open enrollment begins on Nov. 15.

  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 7, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Dallas Morning News on treating  Ebola-fighting heroes as criminals (Oct. 27):
    The mandatory quarantine rule that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie imposed Friday to combat the spread of Ebola underscores the need to keep politics out of this important public health issue. Policy decisions on Ebola should be based on science, not fear.

  • LV teams battle on in soccer postseason

    Sometimes all it takes is one momentary lapse — or one beautifully played sequence — to make the difference between victory and defeat.

    That’s pretty much all it took for New Mexico Highlands (11-4-4) to break through against Fort Lewis on Wednesday evening in the opening match of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament.

    Highlands won 1-0 and will play the No. 1 seed, Colorado School of Mines, in a tourney semifinal 2 p.m. Friday in Golden, Colo. Mines is the No. 9 ranked team in NCAA Division II.